That’s why it didn’t surprise us when Tiramani shared a video on Twitter showing a Tesla Model 3 towing one of its Casita tiny houses. We’re not sure why Boxabl CEO chose the smallest model in the Tesla lineup, but it certainly pulled a publicity stunt. The video shows the Model 3 towing a trailer with the Casita on it, with the combo supposedly weighing over 19,000 pounds (8,618 kg). Not only that, but Tiramani took the Model 3 and the trailer, Casita included, to the Las Vegas Speedway to make a show on the drag strip.
The first video he shared shows the Casita trailer towed by a Tesla Model 3 on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Bellagio. “15,000lb Boxabl Casita? = easy towing w the @elonmusk model 3 @Tesla,” wrote Tiramani. Soon people started talking about the rated towing capacity of a Model 3, which is way lower than that. Or, in the case of the North-American Model 3, non-existent. Tiramani was unfazed by the remarks, claiming that the car is “rated for wimps.”
Indeed, the brave Boxabl CEO had pushed things further, all the way to the Las Vegas Speedway. “Model 3 did [on] the quarter-mile drag strip 1/8 mile in 20 seconds towing the Casita and trailer. About 19,000 lbs total,” he bragged. And sure enough, he shared pictures and videos showing the attempt. He admitted doing so to demonstrate how transportable the Boxabl modules are.
As we said, the Tesla Model 3 is not a towing powerhouse. The user manual for the U.S. market prohibits towing outright. “Do not use Model 3 for towing purposes. Model 3 does not currently support towing. Towing can cause damage and increase the risk of a collision,” writes the manual. On the other hand, the Model 3 sold in Europe allows it to tow trailers up to 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) when they are featured with breaks.